Despite being a prequel adventure, Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is set to be Frogwares’ most ambitious game with the famous detective yet, with an open world Mediterranean island providing the backdrop to your deductive adventure.
It’s been a long time since the game was announced back in May 2020, but today the company have released an FAQ video providing more details on the game. It covers everything from the game’s overall length and number of cases to solve, to gameplay elements like disguises and fighting and how the open world will actually tie into the game structure.
So there you have it. Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One will have a 12-15 hour run time if all you do is focus on the 5 main quests (all of which are connected by a continuous story centred around the death of Sherlock’s mother), but then with more than 30 side quests that will push a completionist run closer to the 40-50 hour mark.
The game will take you to an island in the Mediterranean, where Sherlock (played by Alex Jordan) will be seeking to not only solve his mother’s death, but prove himself as a detective. As in recent Frogwares Sherlock games, you won’t be stuck with a single solution to the cases, but will have to apply your deductive chops in piecing together the various clues and coming to a particular conclusion and even accusing the wrong person. The overall game will also have multiple endings because of this, the story continuing even if you pin the wrong people.
Being open world, you’ll be free to explore the island and find new mysteries as you wish. You’ll get to flex Sherlock’s disguise mastery, finding or buying outfits that will help gain the trust of various groups on the island, and more. With a mansion now being passed down to Sherlock, this is another avenue for customisation as you decorate the house.
That will see him lean on Jon (played by Wil Coban) – not John Watson, but a different Jon – who accompanies him as his best friend at this time in life.
Speaking of John Watson, on question asked if there would be a “teleporting John Watson” option, calling back to rather old Frogwares Sherlock games. Sadly, the answer is no, since he’s not even in the game!
While they’re happy to talk about the game, Frogwares aren’t ready to show off gameplay just yet. Expect more FAQ videos between now and then.
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One is coming out in 2021 for Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Source: press release